Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Do Yourself a Big Favor by Including It on Your Next Recital

In the American Organist, October 2014, Rollin Smith wrote a fantastic review of one of Pietro Yon’s pieces that I’ve always loved. It’s so much fun and fits perfectly with all kind of situations, summer concerts, patriotic holidays, memorial and … Continue reading

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Kotzschmar Organ Sings Again (audio, photos)

Kotzschmar Organ Sings Again after $2.5 M Restoration “This weekend marks a landmark occasion for the city of Portland’s century-old Kotzschmar organ, as it returns from a lengthy and costly overhaul that supporters hope will keep it going for another … Continue reading

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Restoration Proofreading: Sloppy Engraving

Sometimes Most of the Restoration is Correcting Engraving Sometimes, people ask me what I mean by “restoration.” What do you do, actually, to accomplish it? What’s it for, why is it good, who needs it? I explain in some detail … Continue reading

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The Rahway Theatre’s Wurlitzer

Grand Unveiling of Restored Wurlitzer in Rahway Honestly, what I remember about Rahway is that every week driving by on the way to church, I’d see the prison. This is not exactly the highlight of the town nor of my … Continue reading

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Skinner Op 190 in Grand Avenue Temple UMC

A Key to the Beauty of Organ Music “It’s a rare 4-manual Skinner organ that has not been mechanically or tonally modified by anyone other than Skinner himself. The church and the organ are on the National Historic Registry.” “The … Continue reading

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IV/1 Drawknob Console Played by Headmaster

Faulty Whistles This is the most surreal thing you are likely to see for a while. If you have or know children, or you are a rail fan, you know Thomas the Tank Engine. In this episode, there is a … Continue reading

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The Robert-Morton and More in Tulsa Tech

It’s No ‘Pipe’ Dream, It’s the Real Deal At Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, Oklahoma, there is a Robert-Morton organ, and this is a series of that instrument and its accompanying grand piano. For more information, visit the website of the … Continue reading

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WFMT, Chicago, and Their Bach Project

Bach Organ Project Is No Longer Just a Pipe Dream This is an article on the WFMT Bach Organ Project, a 10-concert series running from September 21 to October 26. While this is good news for Chicago, why do these … Continue reading

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Why Play One When Four Will Do?

Organ Quartet to Command the Stage Does this photo remind you of something from 1940s movies, or perhaps the Lawrence Welk Show? This unusual ensemble is out to gain your attention for music, the organ, and interest and education in … Continue reading

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Newly-acquired 1917 Casavant Now Largest in China

Restoration Project for China’s Largest Pipe Organ “Made in 1917, the Casavant Frères pipe organ, a 35-ton pipe organ with 7,451 pipes, is 13 metres in height and 12.5 metres in width, and is even larger than the one installed … Continue reading

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